DIY: Crayon Candles

DIY: Crayon Candles #craft #crayola #recycled
My obsession with bright colors got me hooked when I saw this tutorial by Brit+Co. I already had a bunch of old crayons on hand from my previous DIY crayon post and I’ve been interested in making candles lately, so this was the perfect project!

Once you’ve gathered your supplies and setup a work space near your microwave, this project is fairly simple and would be a great craft to do with a friend. I loved blending my own colors and experimenting with different color combinations.

DIY: Crayon Candles #craft #crayola #recycled

Supplies Needed

• Old crayons
• Glass votives (I used small juice glasses)
• Wax
• Wicks
• Dixie cups (or any paper cup)
• Popsicle sticks (for stirring)

Additional Tools

• Microwave
• X-acto knife

The first step is to peel the paper off your crayons. You can either use an x-acto knife or soak the crayons in water for easy peeling.

Next, fill a dixie cup with wax and microwave for 1 minute. Give it a stir and microwave again in 30 second intervals until wax is completely melted. Pour a thin layer of wax into the bottom of each votive and place the candle wick in the center. Let harden.

DIY: Crayon Candles #craft #crayola #recycled

Using one crayon per color, fill a dixie cup with wax and top with a broken up crayon. Microwave for 2 minutes and then in 30 second intervals until completely liquified. Let cool for 30 seconds or so and pour colored wax into the votive. Let the first layer dry for 20-30 minutes.

DIY: Crayon Candles #craft #crayola #recycled

Repeat this process and continue to pour layers of colored wax into each votive, making sure to let them dry between each layer.

DIY: Crayon Candles #craft #crayola #recycled

And that’s it!

DIY: Crayon Candles #craft #crayola #recycled
DIY: Crayon Candles #craft #crayola #recycled

What other fun crafts have you made with old crayons? We’d love to hear about your projects…

UPDATE 9/14/14

I had some trouble burning my candles. After talking with a candle making friend, she recommended I use a larger (thicker) wick. Also, be careful not to burn out your microwave! I recommend only make a few candles at a time to prevent over-heating your microwave. Happy making!

Comments

    • says

      Hi Andrea, Yes these candles do smell a bit like crayons. You could try adding a few drops of essential oil to mask the crayon scent?

  1. Rose says

    Hi, im an allergy sufferer and wondering if its safe. Is heating/ melting crayons and breathing that in ok? Little kids draw and or put them in their mouths but heating them may change things. 🙂

    • says

      Hi Rose,

      Crayons are made of paraffin wax, which is a commonly used in candle-making. I’d make sure to use non-toxic crayons too. Hope that helps!

    • says

      Hi Nadine, Yes! You can use a double broiler. I would recommend making your own with tin cans using a different can for each color of wax you are making.

  2. Jae says

    Hi there 🙂 I can just hot glue the candle wick to the bottom of the glass jar right? Because I feel like that is much faster.

  3. Kenzie says

    Hi! I just got back from Michael’s and realize that my wicks are for “pillar candles.” That is, they don’t have the little metal base. Will I be able to do this project with these wicks if I melt the wick into the base wax, or will this be dangerous for some reason?

    Thank you!

    • Kim says

      So the reason the candle doesn’t burn well is because the capillaries in the wick get clogged by the crayon wax. They are not compatible waxes. So they are very pretty as long as you don’t want to burn them. Thanks for the idea, though.

  4. Monica says

    Dont the crayons stink when they are burned? Because last time i made them, they stank really bad when you burned them…

  5. says

    I just stumbled across this on Pinterest. These are GORGEOUS candles. I love the bright colors! I’ve got tons of old crayons that I could easily use for these candles. I’m thinking of making a flock of them to give away as Christmas gifts.

    I have a link party that I am trying to grow. I invite you to share this great idea — I’m sure that my readers will love it as much as I do.

    My Grandma Ideas Sharing Time link party is at http://grandmaideas.com and runs Wednesday through Friday night at midnight. I hope that you’ll drop by and share links to 2-3 of your wonderful ideas.

    All the best,
    Nina

  6. Rachael says

    We did have quite a problem melting the wax in the Dixie cups. So we used a pop can and melted the wax on the stove in hot water. Took a while.

  7. Socially Awkward Crafter says

    If your wick was not coated in wax it will not burn. (For example, you bought new wicks instead of taking them from other candles, as I did.) This might be why yours did not burn well, as you said.

  8. Caroline says

    Hey! I love this idea and I’m doing it for treps with my friend. I wanted to know how much the items cost to buy them so I knew my profit! Thanks

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